LOEWE Announces launch of the LOEWE Craft Prize 2019, the third edition of the international award.

Submissions for the LOEWE Craft Prize 2019 are now open and will be accepted until 31 October 2018.

The 2018 edition of the prize received close to 1,900 submissions from a total of 86 countries across the globe; potential candidates for this year’s edition are invited to study the guidelines and submit work at loewecraftprize.com.

The first edition of the LOEWE Craft Prize was launched by the LOEWE FOUNDATION in 2016 to showcase and celebrate excellence, artistic merit and newness in modern craftsmanship. It seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans of any age (over 18) or gender who demonstrate an exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value, with the winner receiving 50,000 Euros in cash.

The award, which was conceived by creative director Jonathan Anderson, aims to acknowledge the importance of craft in today’s culture and recognise working artisans whose talent, vision and will to innovate set a standard for the future. The incentive for the prize goes back to LOEWE’s beginnings as a collective craft workshop in 1846.

Jonathan Anderson states ‘Now in its third year, I am incredibly proud of the part the LOEWE Craft Prize has had to play in elevating the critical reception of craft and its ability to bring beautiful objects to an international audience. It has been awe-inspiring to see exceptional work from artisans around the globe being entered year on year and an honour to exhibit their work.’

An experts panel composed of artists, artisans, essayists, curators and designers will consider all submitted works in order to select a shortlist of up to 30 submissions. Their choice will be based on a number of key criteria: originality, clear artistic vision and merit, precise execution, material excellence, innovative value and a distinct authorial mark.

These shortlisted works will then form the basis of an exhibition due to go on display in Japan from which the Prize’s Jury will select the winning piece. The winner of the LOEWE Craft Prize this year, British ceramicist Jennifer Lee, was announced on 3 May 2018 by Dame Helen Mirren during the opening ceremonies of the LOEWE Craft Prize 2018 exhibition at the Design Museum, London.

The winner of the LOEWE Craft Prize 2019 will be announced in Japan in Spring 2019

With the LOEWE Craft Prize the house reasserts its longstanding commitment to creativity in all forms and disciplines. Culture is a pillar of the brand. Reflecting fashion’s vital link to contemporary life, a strong emphasis on art, design and craftsmanship has been a cornerstone of Jonathan Anderson’s rebuilding of the house.

In the past four years, LOEWE has initiated an important series of collaborations with artists and artisans who reinterpret and expand the brand’s values. Apart from showcasing the many facets of LOEWE, these cultural projects reflect the transfer of knowledge and the cooperative spirit that have been characteristic of LOEWE since the day it was founded.

IMAGE: Pale, Shadowed Speckled Traces, Fading Elipse, Bronze Specks, Tilted Shelf (2017) by Jennifer Lee, winner of 2017 LOEWE Craft Prize.